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Managing Chronic Pain with Fibromyalgia

Managing Chronic Pain with Fibromyalgia

One of the worst feelings in the world is to be totally encumbered by physical pain, struggling to get through everyday tasks while keeping chronic pain under control, only to be told that this pain is all "in your head." Recent studies show that that may be true - but not in the way many people may think!

The Miscommunication

It is not an uncommon occurrence to hear about patients going to their doctors with severe pain only to come back home with no solutions. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, the most common reason for patients to seek out medical expertise is due to pain. Unfortunately, 20% of patients who go to the doctor to find pain relief are unable to find the root of the problem.

Part of the issue may not be the application of the treatment, but rather how doctors and patients alike think of pain. According to Richard Harris, Ph. D., associate professor of anesthesiology and rheumatology at Michigan Medicine, often when patients experience pain, they think about how intense the pain is rather than how widespread it is.